Last night I prayed to God to free me of loneliness. This morning, on the street, I felt a presence behind me. A dragonfly was flapping its wings right next to my shoulder. The dragonfly started talking to me. I tripped over my own feet; it was too much even for a dreamer. I realised that people saw no dragonfly, only my eyes could see it. I was afraid it would disappear so I took a walk with it through the whole city. At one point, a little girl stood in front of me and yelled: Look mommy, a buttfly.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In May 2021, the group has 6.400 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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